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NotchUp? Not so much . . .

I just got an invitation to join NotchUp. Wary of the latest craze in data mining masked as social networking I did a quick Google search. TechCrunch had the best summary.

We’re basically looking at LinkedIn (they even import your LinkedIn profile) except that you can set a price at which you would be willing to interview with a prospective employer. The idea being, maybe you are happy where you are but you’d be happy to talk about being somewhere else, though your time is valuable. (Employers, of course, already know that recruiting is an expensive undertaking . . . it is not hard to see them pony up . . .)

NOT!

Apparently this is from “Peerflix refugees” so I’d peg it as “an interesting innovation that rips off an existing proven idea that is probably ahead of their ability to execute.”

I accepted the invite, to check it out but mainly so I could invite a friend who is job hunting. I figured if Powerset and Yahoo giving it a go . . .

First Impressions:

Actually, now I feel dirty. I’m changing my LinkedIn password . . .

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  • Okay, so I feel a bit dirty for some of the cut & paste below, but I have to say that I’m thankful for a review that doesn’t think this is the hottest damn thing on the planet. I’m pretty concerned about what they’re doing.

    I’m floored by the number of people who love/hate the concept but don’t spend a moment of time reading–carefully–the Terms of Service.

    Compare it to Googles TOS/Privacy Policy.

    There’s a couple of points I think are getting over-looked:

    1) You cannot see what your privacy settings might be until you register and agree to the TOS
    2) They’re not responsible for what recruiters / third parties do with your resume or email address
    3) If you cancel your account it’s “marked as deleted” in their database. Not deleted. Marked as such. Got it? Good.
    4) If they sell your information, they’re not responsible for anything that happens to it downstream; the only way you can get off of those mailing lists, etc. is to contact whomever they sell to, and whomever they sell to, and so on and so forth. Plus, those people may all have “cached” versions of your information, so if they get a data snapshot of NU today, you cancel tomorrow and they get a new snapshot and sell it–guess what? Those companies will do a merge to remove duplicates–they’re not going to go out of their way and REMOVE you unless you know how to track them down.

    There’s money in the list they’re generating.

    5) Yep, it’s easy to use that LinkedIn slurp they’ve got set up for you. And, of course, all of your information that is respected and protected at LinkedIn… Well, different set of rules now.

    Pay attention to the TOS and decide if giving up your information is really worth it.

    http://www.userglue.com/blog/2008/01/27/notchup-privacy-down/

  • Grr…

    Compare it to LinkedIn’s TOS/Privacy Policy.

  • Jacob Freis

    Check out how they stole Grand Central’s website (www.grandcentral.com). I mean literally lifted the whole design! Any company that can steal your linkedin profile will stop at nothing to get stuff for free! I love the hanging Notchup dude. Now I know what they mean by Notch! haha

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  • Clark

    I guess their fears of competition panned out to be true.

    http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/04-11-2008/0004791206&EDATE=FRI+Apr+11+2008,+05:59+PM

    Looks like this “Applicant Tree” has just as good a deal as NotchUp, and I won’t have to go through the hassle of a face-to-face interview to get my money. They’ll just pay you to have your resume looked at by companies. Much better.

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